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You’ve no doubt heard about the global craze sweeping the planet. Researchers, scientists, doctors, health enthusiasts, and people with mental and physical health issues are raving about the benefits of CBD.

CBD crystals

Cannabidiol—CBD—is a crystalline cannabis compound or phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940 in hemp, a strain of Cannabis sativa. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is also found in marijuana.

CBD bud

CBD-rich cannabis normally contains less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since it is less psychoactive (or non-psychoactive) than THC-dominant strains, it’s an appealing option for folks looking for relief from health conditions without feeling “stoned” or paranoid.

It can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

How to take CBD

Cannabidiol can be taken into the body by various means, including by inhalation of cannabis vapor or smoke, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth.

It may be supplied as CBD oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (no added THC or terpenes), a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid solution.

I have acquired CBD in pure crystalline form and dissolve it in DMSO to incorporate in our Self-Heal Balm which was already yielding great results in mitigating inflammation and pain, while facilitating repair of soft tissue injuries.


The addition of CBD elevates the effectiveness of this preparation to the next level.

Scientific and clinical research

Clinical Research, much of it sponsored by the US government, reveals CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • alcoholism
  • MS
  • inflammation
  • chronic pain
  • schizophrenia
  • PTSD
  • depression
  • antibiotic-resistant infections
  • epilepsy
  • other neurological disorders.

CBD serves to protect nerve cells against damage, degeneration, or impairment of function.

There are investigations underway at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere to determine if CBD has anti-cancer properties.

study from 2012 showed that CBD significantly reduced  inflammatory pain in some mice and rats. Researchers from the study suggested that CBD may provide a new treatment for chronic pain.

It is interesting to note that the human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own.

It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

cbd oil for opiate withdrawal

Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor.

Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.


Evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

Legal status

In the 1970s, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” and signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This new law created the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and established a set of banned drugs.


It also unintentionally outlawed hemp, one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops. This led to the demise of hemp, and an increased misconception of the plant.


Hemp rope and sails carried the commerce of the world for thousands of years. The sails of the ships carrying Columbus and later the pilgrims to America’s shores were made of hemp.

In the Controlled Substances Act, hemp was grouped with all types of cannabis making it illegal to grow in the US, along with marijuana. This Act classified hemp as a drug even though it doesn’t include any of the chemicals that make marijuana a drug.

Today CBD is not scheduled under any United Nations drug control treaties, and in 2018 the World Health Organization recommended that it remain unscheduled.


The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018, effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level in the US by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity.

Some of the information in this article is from my son, Matt Finch’s website and used with permission.

Courtesy Disclaimer: 
*The legal landscape around CBD is changing rapidly both at the Federal and State level. The information on our website and any other communication regarding legality which you may receive from any representative of Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You must make your own judgment regarding whether you should purchase CBD in your jurisdiction. You are advised to contact your attorney to obtain more specific guidance.*

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Top 3 Herbs For Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Relief

herbs for opiate withdrawal

herbs for opiate withdrawal

If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction and finding it difficult to learn the best way to quit…you are not alone.

In fact, you are part of an ENORMOUS population of people that share a common bond.

It is estimated that somewhere between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with over 2.5 million residing in the US alone. I too was once afflicted with a severe opioid addiction.

Recovering from opiate addiction has been the most difficult challenge I’ve faced thus far in my 37 years of life.

But I recovered, and if I can do it…anyone can.

However, the statistics are not in our favor. Opiate abuse is increasing in exponential numbers, and for those individuals that actually manage to quit, it is estimated that 90% of them end up relapsing.

herbs for opiate withdrawal

This staggering statistic confirms the poor prognosis: Opioid dependence is, in fact, a chronic, relapsing condition.

But it doesn’t have to be. 

There is a superabundance of herbs that can be used to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms from home… and some of these herbs for opiate withdrawal are VERY POWERFUL.

In this article, I’m going to teach you about the Top 3 Herbs for Opiate Withdrawal Symptom Relief.

herbs for opiate withdrawal

1. Kratom

Many years ago, I was a counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP). During one of my individual counseling sessions, a patient on methadone told me about a plant named kratom for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms.

I went home after work and got on my computer.

I then proceeded to type kratom for opiate withdrawal in the search box.

The patient on methadone was right. This medicinal kratom plant could easily eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

kratom for opiate withdrawal

I’ve been studying kratom for several years now. I frequently recommend it to people that want a natural solution for opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Here are some interesting facts about kratom:

  • Kratom is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, which is a member of the coffee family.
  • Kratom is not an opiate, which are drugs derived from opium.
  • Kratom is an opioid agonist, which are natural or synthetic substances that bind to opioid receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiates and preventing withdrawal symptoms.

kratom for opiate withdrawal

  • Kratom is not regulated by the DEA, making it legal to purchase and consume (a few states and cities have recently banned it though).
  • Kratom helps with opiate withdrawal, pain syndromes, depression, and anxiety.
  • Kratom contains an active alkaloid (7-hyrdoxymitragynine) that has been reported to be more potent than morphine.



Kratom can be consumed by taking capsules, extracts, teas, or mixing the leaf powder with water or another beverage and drinking it.

herbs for opiate withdrawal

And while kratom can be extremely helpful, it can become addictive. Furthermore, if you take kratom daily for a couple of months or more, you could develop a dependence and suffer from opioid withdrawal symptoms upon immediate cessation of the plant.

Tapering off kratom can help.

Tapering is systematically lowering your kratom dosage over the span of a few weeks or longer. This prevents the shock to your body that ensues from detoxing cold-turkey.

herbs for opiate withdrawal

2. Cannabis

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a beautiful plant that is widely used for recreational and medicinal use throughout many parts of the world.

The main psychoactive constituent of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabidiol (CBD) is another compound in marijuana that has recently been shown to have numerous medicinal benefits.

Common marijuana effects include:

  • Relaxation
  • Euphoria
  • Increased appetite

marijuana for opiate withdrawal

In a study from 2013, it was suggested that marijuana use may help ameliorate withdrawal symptoms during Methadone Treatment.

In the study, 91 patients on methadone were studied at Thomas Jefferson University. The use of marijuana was found to decrease the patients’ scores on the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS).

Note: The COWS is an objective tool commonly used to measure the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms. After the study ended, researchers found that marijuana may help to increase success rates of Methadone Treatment due to its ability to diminish the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

Common opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Aching muscles and limbs

Using Marijuana for opiate withdrawal can result in the following benefits:

  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Relaxation of muscles and nervous system
  • Helps you fall and stay asleep
  • Mood-enhancer
  • Increased appetite
  • Eases nausea and stomach pain
  • Painkiller

Note: Marijuana is currently illegal and classified as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning the U.S. federal government claims that it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. However, many states have now passed laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, and each state has their own regulation system in place.

Marijuana is currently illegal and classified as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning the U.S. federal government claims that it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. However, many states have now passed laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational us, and each state has their own regulation system in place. Click here to view the legality of marijuana by U.S. jurisdiction.

3. Passion Flower

Passion Flower is an exquisite flowering plant that has a long history of use among Native Americans in North America and European colonists.

Throughout history as well as the present day, passion flower has been used to treat a number of health conditions.

passion flower for opiate withdrawal

Presently there are around 14 conditions passion flower has been used for, but for the purposes of this article, I will concentrate solely on how it can help ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Passion flower has been shown to be helpful for:

  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) upset due to narcotic drug withdrawal
  • Opiate withdrawal
  • Nervousness and excitability
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain relief

Note: Passion flower can effectively treat depression during opiate withdrawal. Furthermore, in a study passion flower was shown to be helpful for the mental symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal.

Passion flower contains the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors harmaline and harmine. Passion flower also contains several flavanoids that are MAO inhibitors, including apigenin, kaempferol, and quercetin. MAOs are enzymes that break down neurotransmitters and stop their messaging activity.

Thus, taking passion flower for opiate withdrawal can result in an abundance of the following mood-boosting chemicals in the brain:

  • Serotonin – Makes you feel emotionally relaxed.
  • Norepinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
  • Epinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
  • Dopamine – Responsible for feelings of pleasure and enjoyment in life.

herbs for opiate withdrawal

Note: Passion flower also increases brain levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a “mental relaxant.” It helps with anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension.

Herbs For Opiate Withdrawal – Conclusion

As you can see, there are some powerful herbs for treating opiate withdrawal symptoms.

And kratom, cannabis, and passion flower are only my Top 3.

There are actually many herbs for opiate withdrawal that work well.

Using plant therapy to assist in the opiate recovery process is always an effective addiction treatment modality, especially when it’s combined with nutrition, exercise, and other supplements.

If you have any comments or questions on the use of herbs for opiate withdrawal, please post them in the comment box below.